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Chocolate Cream Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers. This Chocolate Cream Pie is for you. I had some tofu blocks I needed to use, so here we are making Chocolate Cream Pie. It is simple and delicious and with a little chilling time you could be eating this within the hour. I know I will be.

Crust:

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/4 c date sugar or maple sugar
  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Spice Blend

Combine pecans and sugar into a food processor. Process until the mixture resembles a fine meal. Add remaining ingredients: almond butter, salt and Baking Spice Blend. Pulse until well combined.

Press pecan mixture into an 8 or 9-inch pie pan. Set aside in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Filling:

  • 2 1/2 c vegan dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 packages organic firm tofu (I like Nasoya)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c Almond Milk, vanilla, unsweetened

Add tofu blocks and vanilla to a food processor. Process until tofu is creamy. Add melted chocolate chips and start with 1/2 c of both maple syrup and almond milk. Process until well combined. Taste for texture and sweetness. Add remaining maple syrup and almond milk as needed. Make sure it is not too stiff.

Spoon the mixture into the pie crust. Smooth the top with an offset spatula. Refrigerate until firm, about 20-30 minutes.

Note: I topped individual servings with whipped coconut cream.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Baked Pumpkin-Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal

When I think of Fall I always think of Pumpkin and the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. This baked oatmeal has all those wonderful ingredients and a couple of other delectables.

Bakes oatmeal has become one of my favorite ways to make oatmeal. This can be served as a breakfast or like a wonderful snack cake. It is versatile and delicious.

Note: A little warm maple syrup drizzled on the top makes this amazing.

  • 2 c gf rolled oats
  • 16 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 flax egg ( tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c Almond Milk, vanilla, unsweetened
  • 1 c cranberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl. Stir until well incorporated. Pour into a 8×8 baking dish.

Bake for 40 minutes. The oats will be tender and the liquid will have thickened.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin-Pecan Bread

I have been wanting to make this bread for a couple of weeks. Pumpkin Bread is one of my favorite quick breads. I am excited to share this vegan gluten-free pumpkin bread that is one of my favorites.

Dry Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large bread pan with parchment paper.

Add all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk, until all the ingredients are well combined.

Stir-In:

  • 1/2 c pecan pieces

Add the pecan pieces into the dry ingredients and mix on low, until pecans are completely incorporated.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c sparkling water, plain
  • 1/3 c almond milk yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 3 pecans, pieces
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, until they are well incorporated. Spoon batter into the prepared bread pan. Sprinkle topping ingredients onto the batter.

Bake for 75-80 minutes (turn the loaf halfway through the cooking time), until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool bread in pan for 10 minutes on a wire cooling rack. Turn bread out of pan and let the bread completely cool on a wire rack.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Baked Pear-Pecan Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal has become my favorite way to make oatmeal. It can be preassembled the night before and baked in the morning. It keeps well in the refrigerator and can be warmed up. It is great for breakfast, snack or a special treat.

There is a plethora of combinations that can be made to go together. This particular one has an autumn flavor profile. Delicious is the name for the Baked Pear-Pecan Oatmeal.

  • 1 1/2 c gf rolled oats
  • 1/2 c pecans, chopped
  • 2 c Bartlett pears, chopped (about 2 pears)
  • 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c almond milk, plain, unsweetened
  • 3 tbsp applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl. Stir until well incorporated. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. The oats will  be tender and the liquid will have thickened.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Baking Spice Blend

Since baking season is just about upon us. I thought I would share my favorite spices for baking. I almost always use the same ratio of spices in my baked goods. So, instead of measuring each time the same amounts I decided to make up a blend of my favorite baking spices. Now I only have to measure once when I want to bake.

This spice blend is a simple ratio of 3-2-1. After I measured my spices I added them to a small mason jar and shook it like crazy – Done. From now on when you see Baking Spice Blend you will know what I am talking about.

  • 3 tbsp cinnamon, ground
  • 2 tbsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1 tbsp ginger, ground

Measure out the ingredients. Add spices to a small mason jar. Securely fasten lid and shake. Done.

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